What can I do to lower the cost of my homeowners insurance?
There are a number of things you can do to lower the cost of your homeowners insurance. The best thing to do is to shop around. It is not surprising to find quotes on homeowners insurance that vary by hundreds of dollars for the same coverage on the same home. When you shop, be careful to make sure each insurer is offering the same coverage. Many insurers use the ISO policy forms, but this is not always the case.
Another way to lower the cost of your homeowners insurance is to look for any discounts that you may qualify for.
- Many insurers will offer a discount when you place both your automobile and homeowners insurance with the them.
- Insurers offer discounts if there are deadbolt exterior locks on all your doors, or if your home has a security system.
- Newer Home discounts. Some insurers offer discounts on homes that were recently built.
- Renewal Discounts. Some insurers will lower your premium if you renew with them.
- Another easy way to lower the cost of your homeowners insurance is to raise your deductible. Increasing your deductible from $250 to $500 will lower your premium, sometimes by as much as five or ten percent. However, be careful to make sure that you have the financial resources necessary to handle the larger deductible.